As parents, we are leaders, we lead. I can’t tell you how many parents I have had to repeat that phrase to. I know its offensive to refer to the dog whisperer when referring to parenting children but I often wish I could. His advice is always the same and so simple. YOU must set the pace and be consistent so that the dog/child will know where the boundaries are.
Which is precisely why I wrote my next book which is in stores now…for parents to get their house (or “deck of cards”) in order so they could lead their kids in a healthy way. Ace Your Health, 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck is intended to make us friends with our food again. (www.myfriendinfood.com) Food has become a co-dependant source of comfort or an enemy that we feel we need to wrestle to the ground when what we really want is a happy, healthy relationship with it.
Ace Your Health uses the co-incidence that there are 52 weeks in a year and 52 cards in a deck to make the process of creating that happy, healthy relationship fun! It outlines one simple change per week that can have a huge impact on your family’s life. The recipes are completely appropriate for kids aged 2 to teens but are written for parents.
Divided into suits, the Spades are a shovel that lay the foundation and set some key changes first. A kid-friendly muesli breakfast that provides the right amount of protein and fibre for the day is the cornerstone and that recipe is provided here. Each card holds a lifesaving tip for the busy parent as it goes on to explain things like what you can eat at a drive through when you are truly rushed and the babe is asleep in the car seat. And the pantry and frozen items that will save your bacon and how to get enough vegetables are answers that are all here.
Hearts are all about (yes, you guessed it!) heart health. You will learn that exercise needs to exist but that too much isn’t good for you. The reasons why fish is your best friend are fully explained. Also, the concept that cheese is a condiment and not a food will come as a surprise to many but it’s important to know to avoid your child developing too much of a taste for it.
Clubs is where you will learn to really ramp it up. Clubs helps you form anti-cancer, anti-aging habits and it will teach you how much sunshine is good for you and why the entire family must take vitamin D drops. Plus, getting kids off the bland food and onto some spices and herbs is a lifelong gift that you can give them.
Diamonds will share with you the gems in life. Setting the example of stretching yourself each day and drinking water will go much further than any lecture. You’ll also learn the difference between a snack and a treat, which will help you give your children a fair start in life. It isn’t hard but it is important.
In this New Year, I would hope for every parent to learn to take care of his or herself as a resolution. The impact that will have on your children is a gift to them and their families beyond.
Serve in a plain ice cream cone to make it more fun and ready to go! A terrific breakfast or snack!
Serving Size: 2
Preparation Time: 2 minutes
- 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 apple – grated or ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 tablespoon oatmeal – raw
- 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoon white chia seeds*
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup hulled hemp Seed*
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp blackcurrant jam to sweeten (optional)
Mix all ingredients together and leave overnight in the fridge. Can be stored for 3-5 days.
* White Chia seeds and hulled Hemp seeds are two excellent ingredients worth sourcing out. White Chia seeds are an excellent fibre containing a non-fish version of important omega 3s. Hulled Hemp seeds, sometimes called hemp hearts, are a non-nut, hypo allergenic excellent source of protein.